The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – What Does It Mean To You

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – What Does It Mean To You
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded July 23, 2014
Unit 1 Slide Deck
Unit 2 Video

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is a computerized system designed to assist in the determination of an individual’s eligibility to purchase or possess firearms, based on state and federal laws, by conducting a search of available records.

Since its creation in 1998, over one million criminals and other prohibited persons have been prevented from buying guns from licensed dealers while allowing law-abiding citizens to pass through the NICS, in just a matter of minutes, before going on to complete their purchase. The public safety benefits that have been derived from the NICS are immeasurable, and it is with the assistance of the courts and law enforcement agencies that make it successful.

This webinar session will provide the audience with an overview of the following topics:

  • The NICS process
  • The 10 Federal Prohibitions that would disqualify a person from a firearm purchases/possession
  • How the courts and law enforcement can assist the NICS through information recording and reporting
  • The NICS Index and how agencies can submit to the NICS Index
  • How law enforcement agencies can access the NICS Denied Transaction File
  • Status of permitting law enforcement agencies access to the NICS for the disposition of firearms in their possession
  • Discussion of the enhancements anticipated in the New NICS system, scheduled to deploy in 2015


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